Product Description First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company. Review 'As a narrative history of Scotland, elegantly written, it is very readable.' - Richard Ryder, The Literary Review 'This attractively written book will stimulate the interest of many readers new to the subject.' - Caroline Bingham, Times Literary Supplement About the Author Rosalind Mitchison was Professor of Social History at the University of Edinburgh until her retirement. She is author of several books on Scottish history including Lordship to Patronage: Scotland 1603-1745 (1990) and The Old Poor Law in Scotland: The Experience of Poverty (2000) .